American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Music Talent Competition Spring 2019

The American Protégé International Music Talent Competition is open to all instrumentalists (piano, winds, strings, brass, traditional, etc.), vocalists and traditional folk and jazz groups of all nationalities and countries. Participants are required to submit video recording materials for the audition. American Protégé is looking for genuinely talented people, who have creativity and stage charisma.

We invite talented performers of any age and genre to participate in the Competition.

All applicants who are signed with the manager or producer must submit via email a General Representation and Release Form signed by the Manager/Producer to be eligible for the Competition.



Winners performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Winners Concerts will take place on

  • Sunday, May 12, 2019
  • Saturday, May 25, 2019
  • Saturday, December 14, 2019
  • Sunday, December 15, 2019

Star Performer Award, Judges’ Favorite Award Trophy, Judges’ Distinction Award Trophy and other Special Awards may be granted based on the judges recommendations.



Three qualified judges evaluate audition materials. All judges are independent, their students are not allowed to apply this season.

International Music Talent Competition Spring 2019 Results:

Judges’ Distinction (Plaque Trophy) Award Winners

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Claire Chiow is twelve years old from California. She loves performing arts. She has been to numerous operas, concerts, musicals, and ballets since she was little. Besides piano, she also plays cello and flute. Claire is the winner of many piano competitions such as US New Star, SYMF, MTAC Keyboard Festival, LA Young Pianist, Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, and Rachmaninoff International Youth Piano Competition. She is a figure skater and also plays hockey for her school team. When she has time, she likes to read, code, or play badminton with her dad. Her favorite subjects in school are Math and French.

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Lixuan Wang was born in Beijing China. When she was 5 years old, she had the first experience as a pianist on stage, and won the 2nd prize in Red Star National Piano Competition. In 2013, she won the first prize in Beijing Piano Music Festival, and played in the winners concert. In 2014, she won the first prize in the National Youth Music Talent Competition in China. During the year of the competition, she had masterclasses with Andrzej Jasnski, Klause Baessler, and Wojciech Świtała. In the year of 2017, She won first prizes in major piano competitions in China.

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Selina Yu Chen is a freshman at Saratoga High School, California. She has been playing Guzheng (Chinese Harp) for eight years. She passed the Central Conservatory of Music’s performance level with honor and took first place in the 34th Taiwanese and Chinese Athletic Tournament Traditional Music Competition. She has performed in numerous occasions, from California Theatre and San Jose Centre of Performing Arts to senior centers and cultural fairs. 

Music Talent Competition Spring 2019 Winners
Name, InstrumentAgeCity, state, Country
First Place Winners
John Han, piano6Great Neck, NY
Student of Yoojung Kim  
Cameron Renshaw, cello7Byron Center, MI
Student of Tina Renshaw  
Edward Pevzner, piano7Carmichael, CA
Student of Tanya Vegvary  
Felice Kirana Auria Candra, piano7Surabaya, Indonesia
Student of Sienny Debora Pek Sien  
Simon Shaham, piano7New York, NY
Student of Dr. Yoojung Kim  
Anmi Fujii, violin8Singapore
Student of Andrea Lin  
Sheryl Tan, piano9Singapore
Student of Angel Ang  
Wenzhang Vazquez, piano9Buffalo, NY
Student of Dr. Violet Arakelova  
Amber Lin, piano10Irvine, CA
Student of Dr. Judy Huang  
Ashley Rui En Ng, piano12Singapore
Student of Christine Gan Siew Hui  
Brian (Jaehyeon) Chun, cello12Ridgewood, NJ
Student of Jennifer (Jeehyoun)  
Camila Blank, violin12Los Angeles, CA
Student of Alexander Kalman  
Claire Chiow, piano12Temple City, CA
Student of Yvonne Chen  
Damien Rocco Weber, Voice12Singapore
Student of Dylan Foster  
Iris Cai, piano12Palo Alto, CA
Student of Hang Li  
Joseph Darcourt, cello12Merrick, NY
Student of John Popham  
Mia Nagai, piano12Pasadena, CA
Student of Lily Chen  
Pinn Mahasaranond, piano12Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Dr. Pornphan Banternghansa and Dr. Christopher Janwong Mckiggan
Yixi Kuang, piano12Monterey Park, CA
Student of Lin Liu  
George Margono, piano13Surabaya, Indonesia
Student of Sienny Debora Pek Sien  
Lixuan Wang, piano13Beijing, China
Student of Huawei Wu  
Aiden Tang, piano14Pleasanton, CA
Student of Wang Jia  
Alex Hu, piano14League City, TX
Student of Ying Zhang  
Anika Veda, Flute14Palatine, IL
Student of Hideko Amano  
Edward ChaoYu Mo, piano14Brooklyn, NY
Student of Dr. Tian Song  
Louisa Pang, violin14Wahroonga, Australia
Student of Yong Yang  
Selina Yu Chen, guzheng14Saratoga, CA
Student of Chiffon Fu  
Seoyeon Cho, violin14Seongnam-si, South Korea
Student of Sunny Lee  
Claire Lewis, piano15San Marcos, CA
Student of Inessa Litvin  
Erin Kim, cello15Palo Alto, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh  
Eurie Seo, violin15Danville, CA
Student of Ju-Yi Peng  
Wenyu Shi, piano15Shanghai, China
Student of Dr. Tian Song  
Iris Zhang, guzheng16Ellicott City, MD
Student of Bing Xia  
Jessica Zhang Zhang, piano16Tempe, AZ
Student of Hong Zhu  
Kayla Silverman, Voice16Weston, MA
Student of Bronwen Upton  
Patrick Bai, piano16Boston, MA
Student of Deborah Nemko and Charles Clements
Jeremy Huang, piano17Cupertino, CA
Student of Amy Huang  
Livia Stefani, violin17Corciano, Italy
Student of Maurizio Sciarretta  
Jeehyun Park, violin23New York, NY
Student of Lucie Robert and Nam Yun  Kim
Wei-Ling Hu, violin24Baltimore, MD
Student of Keng-Yuen Tseng  
Sonya Serenia, piano25Surabaya, Indonesia
Student of Sienny Debora Pek Sien  
Wei-Tzu Wang, bassoon26East Lansing, MI
Student of Michael Kroth  
Hyejin Lee, violin34Carrollton, TX
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Emily Suh, piano14San Diego, CA
Lauren Suh, piano12San Diego, CA
Students of Angela Wu  
Ethan Diep, cello14San Diego, CA
Brandon Diep, cello12San Diego, CA
Mina Mandegar, cello14Poway, CA
Ryan Li, cello16San Diego, CA
Students of Lu-Yan Guo  
Lucy Mandegar, violin13Poway, CA
Student of Fei-Fei Soong  
Howard Kung, alto saxophone16Escondido, CA
String Duo:  
Annie Fang, viola14La Jolla, CA
Perry Fang, cello16La Jolla, CA
Students of Ramon Negron Perez  
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Andrew Gao, piano15San Diego, CA
Eric Lin, piano14San Diego, CA
Students of Tatiana Stignev  
Second Place Winners
Xinyi Zhang, piano7Vancouver, Canada
Student of Haiwa Ye  
Amartya Paul, piano8San Diego, CA
Student of Kia Portafekas  
Caleb Lim, piano8Singapore
Student of Angela Ang  
Elaine Huang, piano8New York, NY
Student of Agnes Kim  
Aeneas Yu, piano9Fremont, CA
Student of Peyhwan Kuan  
Rhea Fan, piano9Albuquerque, NM
Student of Tatyana Bayliyeva  
Nithin Kota, piano10Frederick, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok  
Aimi Fujii, piano11Singapore
Student of Karen Wong  
Benjamin Gong, cello11Belmont, MA
Student of Allison Eldredge  
Minna Fu, piano11Pleasanton, CA
Student of Dr. Claire Chen  
Tran Pham Bao Ngoc, piano11Hanoi, Vietnam
Student of Doan Hoang Khanh Linh  
Vinca Lu, piano11San Jose, CA
Student of Alexander Vereshagin  
Calix Xia, piano12Bethesda, MD
Student of Aglaia Koras  
Jeffrey Shen, piano12Suwanee, GA
Student of Yongxu Ye  
Jonathan Lin, piano12Olmsted TWP, OH
Student of Esther Chu  
Rui En Koh, violin12Singapore
Student of Prof. Wan Har Yah  
Angie Hou, piano13La Jolla, CA
Student of Hua Wang  
Kaity Lee, Flute13Muttontown, NY
Student of Min Jung Moon  
Megan Apostol, piano13San Diego, CA
Student of Rowena Asuncion  
Sabine Bechtiger, violin13St. Gallen, Switzerland
Student of Dmitry Mishelovich and Emilian Dascal
Aiden Tang, violin14Pleasanton, CA
Student of Amy Liu  
Caitlyn Tablada, piano14New York, NY
Student of Yoojung Kim  
Jakub Maciej Jeżak, vibraphone14Poznań, Poland
Student of Łukasz Berlin  
Jocelyn Hao, piano14Potomac, MD
Student of Hyun Park  
Matthew Lin, piano14Wantagh, NY
Student of Yuka Yoshino  
Arya Balian, Voice15Chevy Chase, MD
Student of Vagharshak Ohanyan  
Evan Cheng Cheng, violin15Syosset, NY
Student of Laura Broverman  
Jaewoo Chung, violin15Potomac, MD
Student of Peter Sirotin  
Katie Carlson, piano15Jacksonville, FL
Yash Vij, Piano15Union City, CA
Student of Helen Lee  
Aimee Feng, piano16Great Falls, VA
Student of Anna Ouspenskaya  
Janie Lin, piano16Glen Allen, VA
Student of Yifei Sun  
Merry Jiao, piano15Arcadia, CA
Student of Dr. Chun-Yi Wang  
Abby Liu, piano17Chandler, AZ
Bella Victoria Boedihardjo, piano17Surabaya, Indonesia
Student of Sienny Debora Pek Sien  
Thalia Liu, piano17Chandler, AZ
Maria-Emma Airapetian, voice22Brighton, MA
Student of Victoria Avetisyan  
Melissa Catherine, piano22Surabaya, Indonesia
Student of Sienny Debora Pek Sien  
Li-Tsu Tsao, cello23East Lansing, MI
Seulji Kim, piano24Kearney, NE
Student of Jayoung Hong  
Domenico Petruzziello, violin Palermo, Italy
Piano Duo/Four Hands:  
Alex Moon, piano16Potomac, MD
Audrey Li, piano17Potomac, MD
Students of Hyun Park  
Trio: Two Cellos and Piano  
Olivia Yao, cello10Boyds, MD
Student of Ning Wang and Meizhi Lin  
Abigail Yo, cello12Boyds, MD
Student of Ning Wang and Yeji Lee  
Caleb Su, piano11Boyds, MD
Student of Ning Wang and Meizhi Lin  
Third Place Winners
Son Tung Nguyen, piano5Hanoi, Vietnam
Student of Hoang Khanh Linh Doan  
Olivia Ling Lim, piano6Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Student of Shuenda Wong  
Ruiduo Ae, piano6Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Student of Shuenda Wong  
Max Yu, violin10Scarsdale, NY
Student of Yang Xu  
Opal Thompson, piano10Scarsdale, NY
Student of Yoojung Kim  
Sophia (ZiXiang) Zhang, piano10Belmont, MA
Student of Shi Jia  
Sarah Chun, violin10Tenafly, NJ
Student of Hanna Shin  
Sara Agrawal, piano11Watertown, MA
Student of Rebecca Helm  
Nicholas Vlasto, piano12Rye, NY
Student of Irena Portenko  
Sofia Kim, piano12New York, NY
Student of Yoojung Kim  
Sophia Somers, violin12Plymouth Meeting, PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska  
Sophie Li, violin12Scarsdale, NY
Student of Yang Xu  
Daniel Grivennikov, violin13Dresher, PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska  
Arnav Joshi, piano14Princeton Junction, NJ
Student of Grace Dunn  
Dev Shetty, piano14Fremont, CA
Student of Helen Lee  
Audrey Nowatzyk, guzheng15San Jose, CA
Student of Prof. Hui You  
Jenny Cho, piano17Los Angeles, CA
Student of Yun Hee Lee  
Elya Lavi, piano18Scarsdale, NY
Student of Leke Salihu  
Caris Zhang, piano19Vancouver, Canada
Student of Haiwa Ye  
Karen Salicath Jamali, piano Greenwich, CT

Honorable Mention Winners and other participants will be notified of their standing via email.


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Deadline: October 10, 2024


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Deadline: October 25, 2024


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Deadline: November 3, 2024


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Deadline: January 20, 2025


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